Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226503479 Published September 2017 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada


Jacques Derrida

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Jacques Derrida

Translated by Barbara Johnson
400 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1981
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226503479 Published September 2017 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
"The English version of Dissemination [is] an able translation by Barbara Johnson . . . . Derrida's central contention is that language is haunted by dispersal, absence, loss, the risk of unmeaning, a risk which is starkly embodied in all writing. The distinction between philosophy and literature therefore becomes of secondary importance. Philosophy vainly attempts to control the irrecoverable dissemination of its own meaning, it strives—against the grain of language—to offer a sober revelation of truth. Literature—on the other hand—flaunts its own meretriciousness, abandons itself to the Dionysiac play of language. In Dissemination—more than any previous work—Derrida joins in the revelry, weaving a complex pattern of puns, verbal echoes and allusions, intended to 'deconstruct' both the pretension of criticism to tell the truth about literature, and the pretension of philosophy to the literature of truth."—Peter Dews, New Statesman
Translator's Introduction
Outwork, prefacing
Plato's Pharmacy
1. Pharmacia
2. The Father of Logos
3. The Filial Inscription: Theuth, Hermes, Thoth, Nabu, Nebo
4. The Pharmakon
5. The Pharmakeus
6. The Pharmakos
7. The Ingredients: Phantasms, Festivals, and Paints
8. The Heritage of the Pharmakon: Family Scene
9. Play: From the Pharmakon to the Letter and from Blindness to the Supplement
The Double Session
1. The Trigger
2. The Apparatus or Frame
3. The Scission
4. The Double Bottom of the Plupresent
5. wriTing, encAsIng, screeNing
6. The Attending Discourse
7. The Time before First
8. The Column
9. The Crossroads of the "Est"
10. Grafts, a Return to Overcasting
XI. The Supernumerary
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